Water restrictions - please take note
There have been many questions raised recently concerning the water restrictions implemented by the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality, particularly as to whether they apply to all towns in the municipality, or just to Graaff-reinet.
The answer is an emphatic yes, ALL towns in the municipality must abide by the restrictions, even if they do not rely on water from the Nqweba Dam.
The law enforcement officer/ peace officers are employed by the municipality in the Protection Services Department to monitor compliance, and according to the municipal spokesperson, the Engineering and Planning department is not aware of any noncompliance or fines being issued to date.
Considering how many households are not adhering to the restrictions and are still using hosepipes, for example, it is obvious that the monitoring of these regulations is not effective.
The restrictions prohibit the use of water obtained from the municipality's water supply system for watering of gardens, lawns, grassed areas, flowerbeds, sports fields, and bowling greens.
Topping up or filling fountains, ornamental ponds, and similar decorative features is also prohibited.
Filling of swimming and paddling pools is also not allowed, although two households in Graaff-reinet have successfully applied for exemptions to fill their swimming pools. The filling of a new pool on completion of initial construction is also permitted.
Municipal water may also not be used for washing paved areas, walls, roofs, buildings and similar structures.
The use of hosepipes and sprinkler systems is banned, except for firefighting purposes. The operation of automatic swimming pool fillers and automatic urinal flushing systems is also not allowed.
There a few more exemptions to these regulations. Reclaimed water obtained from sources other than the municipality's water may be used, and gardens may be watered, provided that a hand-held container such as a bucket or watering can is used. Vehicle washing by hand with a bucket is allowed, as are commercial vehicle washing businesses, as long as at least 70% of the water is recycled.
Plants, trees and shrubs in commercial, state and municipal nurseries may still be watered as before, and the filling of swimming pools at hotels, fitness centres, medical centres, schools, educational institutions and institutions of higher education is also permitted.